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Geek Trivia: What three Facebook non-founders stand to profit the most from the company's IPO?

Three individual investors stand to make a substantial amount of money from Facebook's impending IPO -- despite not being company founders.

This week's quibble comes from the Feb. 10, 2012 edition of Geek Trivia, which asked why (and how) did the real-life US government rule that the fictional X-Men aren't human?

Member Elezar pointed out I had a certain ownership relationship backwards:

"It was actually the other way around; Marvel was a partial owner of Toy Biz. Toy Biz got their royalty-free license to create toys based on Marvel properties, by giving Marvel almost 50% ownership of Toy Biz, and 10% ownership and a spot on the board of directors to Avi Arad.

"Toy Biz DID help fund Marvel Studios when it was first created, and owns quite a bit of stock in it (Presumably Avi Arad helped push this deal, as he was going to head Marvel Studios). But even though Marvel Studios' largest shareholder is Marvel Comics, it's a separate company with its own incorporation."

Clearly I can't read a stock-swap filing correctly. Thanks for the clarification, and keep those quibbles coming.

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